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The Deliberate Stranger (1986)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | TV Movie 4 May 1986
Based on a true story, this film depicts the life of Theodore Robert Bundy, the serial killer. In 1974, after having murdered several young women, he leaves Seattle for Utah, where he is a ... See full summary »

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Det. Bob Keppel
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Richard Larsen
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Det. Mike Fisher
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Cas Richter
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Det. Sam Davies
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Det. Roger Dunn
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Louise Bundy
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Officer Bradley (Provo detective)
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Jerry Thompson
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Martha Chambers
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Ken Wolverton
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Larsen's editor
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Mrs. Richter
William Boyett ...
Aspen detective
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Based on a true story, this film depicts the life of Theodore Robert Bundy, the serial killer. In 1974, after having murdered several young women, he leaves Seattle for Utah, where he is a law student and where other girls disappear. It takes the cooperation of a number of police forces to work efficiently on this case. Soon, but not soon enough, the police eliminate endless possibilities and close in on him. Bundy is tried in the media and his good-boy attitude brings him sympathy but also the hatred of many. Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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He was easy to like. Deadly to know. Tough to catch.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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4 May 1986 (USA)  »

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Alptraum des Grauens  »

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Scenes from "The Deliberate Stranger" were filmed at The Davis County Courthouse in Farmington, Utah. See more »

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The Theater at the Utah Mall has "Out of Africa" as one of the films playing. This incident took place in 1974 and "Out Of Africa" didn't hit the big screens until 1985. See more »

Quotes

Ted Bundy: Ted Bundy wants something out of all this. Maybe he doesn't deserve it, but I gotta take care of survival.
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Referenced in NCIS: Smoked (2006) See more »

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I love this movie
1 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Another comment on here mentions that this movie reminded the person of "Helter Skelter". That's for a good reason. Both films were directed by Marvin J. Chomsky. Chomsky is a master at taking real life murder mysteries and conveying them to film. I have both "The Deliberate Stranger" and "Helter Skelter" on video, along with another Chomsky classic, "Billionaire Boys Club" starring Judd Nelson. I have saved these movies on tape over the years because I enjoy movies about true stories, and I enjoy watching them from time to time.

Mark Harmon was excellent in this movie. Previously, he had usually been cast as a "good guy" in most everything he did, and this film allowed him to stretch his acting muscles and show critics, casting directors, producers and directors that he could pull off a completely different character. Harmon was, and still is one of the leading actors in Hollywood today.


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